Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits which should be saved or transmitted and this particular process is rather important in the web hosting field because info kept on hard disks is generally compressed in order to take less space. You will find different algorithms for compressing data and they provide different efficiency based upon the content. A number of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others delete unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality when the particular data is uncompressed. The method requires plenty of processing time, which means that a hosting server should be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data quickly. An illustration how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five sequential 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Shared Web Hosting

The compression algorithm which we work with on the cloud internet hosting platform where your new shared web hosting account will be created is called LZ4 and it is used by the exceptional ZFS file system which powers the platform. The algorithm is better than the ones other file systems employ because its compression ratio is much higher and it processes data considerably faster. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens at a faster rate than information can be read from a hard drive. For that reason, LZ4 improves the performance of every site located on a server that uses the algorithm. We take full advantage of LZ4 in an additional way - its speed and compression ratio make it possible for us to generate multiple daily backups of the entire content of all accounts and keep them for 30 days. Not only do these backup copies take less space, but in addition their generation won't slow the servers down like it often happens with some other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The ZFS file system which runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated server account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It is one of the best algorithms out there and certainly the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data quicker than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. That way, using LZ4 will boost every site that runs on a platform where this algorithm is enabled. The high performance requires a lot of CPU processing time, which is provided by the large number of clusters working together as a part of our platform. Furthermore, LZ4 enables us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and have them for one month as they will take a smaller amount of space than regular backups and will be generated much more quickly without loading the servers.